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Shakespeare: Scene from Much Ado About Nothing



The main plot in this Shakespearean comedy revolves around the young lovers Claudio and Hero and the obstacles to their marriage. This scene, however, features the more mature lovers from the play’s sub-plot—Beatrice and Benedick—and their “merry war.” Prior to this scene (from Act V, Scene II), Hero’s character has been defamed, causing her fiancé, Claudio, to reject her at the altar. Enraged, Beatrice urges Benedick to prove his love for her by killing Claudio. In this scene, Benedick tells Beatrice he has challenged Claudio to a duel. Lexington actors Patti Heying and Joe Gatton perform the roles of Beatrice and Benedick. Gatton opens the segment with a brief introduction to the scene. This video clip was produced especially for the Drama Arts Toolkit.

Suggested Uses:

  • Discuss the role of the actor in creating a character.
  • Use for scene analysis.
  • Introduce or enrich the study of a Shakespearean play.
  • Use as a prompt, along with the “Responding to Drama” guide, for writing a critique of a performance.
  • Use the Shakespeare scenes to discuss his use of language or to compare/contrast characteristics of tragedy and comedy.

Lesson plans using this resource:

  • Character Motivation (8-12)
    Students analyze one of Shakespeare’s protagonists/antagonists and present a monologue or video to demonstrate a personal interpretation of character motivation and experience.

For more information:

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See the Much Ado About Shakespeare guide in the Drama Arts Toolkit binder.


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